The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, December 5 2022, alerted consumers to a health concern regarding the presence of hepatitis A in the frozen raspberries distributed by Exportadora Copramar.
So far, over 1,000 raspberries have been pulled from shelves and recalled from circulations. Other frozen raspberry brands were not included in this recall.
These berries were reportedly sold through restaurant depot in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Virginia and New York.
Infected berries are packaged in 10-pound James’s farm branded cartons with an expiry date of June 14, 2024.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A is known to spread through contaminated food, drink or personal contact with an infected person. Hepatitis A is known to be more severe in older people and in people with other underlining health issues.
Symptoms of Hepatis A include: stomach pain, Diarrhea, fever, yellowish skin or eye, fatigue, Dark urine or light- colored stools.
According to the FDA; “symptoms can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months.”
Although there have been no report of illness or adverse effect attached to the James’s farm raspberries, FDA advise customers to remain cautious. If you have purchased these raspberries, the FDA recommends that you do not consume them but rather dispose them or return them and get a refund.